Dullstroom - Veteran Sunshine Tour player Wallie Coetsee used a veteran putter on
Thursday on his way to an opening six-under-par 66 and a share of the first
round of the 54-hole Origins of Golf tournament at Highland
Gate Golf and Trout Estate.
the lead with American rookie Kyle Pilgrim, and they had a two-stroke edge over
Doug McGuigan and Jacques Kruyswijk, who carded 68s.
There was a group of six
players a further shot back on 69.
is the one I used when I won my first tournament 20 years ago," said Coetsee.
"It's a little Top Flite blade putter and I got my feel back. I made 26 putts
today, and if you make putts, I think that's the difference."
He put the
putter back into play during the recent seven-week break in the Sunshine Tour
schedule ahead of the traditional 'winter swing' of tournaments.
"I took five
weeks off completely and during the last two weeks before this, I took out all
my old stuff - my old bag, my old putter that's 24 years old, my old driver, my
old three-wood - to get some confidence and I think it's paid off," he said.
"They're all still in the bag today. My caddie better have put the bag safely
in the car, because nobody must pinch it now."
Coetsee, Pilgrim made seven birdies and just a single bogey during his round.
They both made bogey on the par-three seventh, which turned out to be the most
difficult on the course in the opening round.
"It was just a very tough pin
position with the tee right back today," said Pilgrim.
"And by the time I
reached there, the temperature had dropped and the wind was up."
The man from
the United States has played just three tournaments since earning his card at
the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, making the cut in two of them.
South Africa for the next seven events.
"I'm looking forward to making all my
friends jealous with my posts on social media," he added.
has won twice on the Sunshine Tour in a quarter-century career, was pretty sure
of what he had done right and what he needed to do for the rest of the
"I think I’m the straightest off the tee on tour," he said.
about 84 percent of the fairways. Like I always say, 'Straight is great; long
is wrong.' I don’t hit it as far as the youngsters any more, but I just get it
in play and keep swinging well.
out on tour for 25 years, so I know you can’t look into the future. You've just
got to take the round you've just played and enjoy it."
66 - Wallie
Coetsee, Kyle Pilgrim
68 - Doug McGuigan, Jacques Kruyswijk
69 - Aubrey Beckley, Jason Froneman, Christiaan
Basson, Ulrich van den Berg, Matthew Carvell, Andrew van der
70 - Louis de Jager, Jaco Prinsloo, Justin
Harding, Stephen Ferreira
71 - Brandon Stone, Vaughn Groenewald, Tyrone
Ryan, Antonio Rosado, Charl Coetzee, Musiwalo
Nethunzwi, Chris Cannon, Zack Byrd, Michael Hollick
72 - Allan Versfeld, Danie Van Niekerk, Antonio
Costa, Steven Ferreira, Ockie Strydom, Sipho Bujela, Wynand
Dingle, Irvin Mazibuko, Ruan de Smidt, Riekus Nortje, Andre
Nel, JJ Senekal, Jason Diab
73 - PH McIntyre, Matias Calderon, Jared
Harvey, Makhetha Mazibuko, Quintin Wilsnach, Madalitso
Muthiya, Desne Van Den Bergh, JC Ritchie, Anthony Michael
74 - Theunis Spangenberg, Neil Schietekat, Chris
Swanepoel, Heinrich Bruiners, Titch Moore, Andrew
Curlewis, Combrinck Smit, Jean Hugo, Teaghan Gauche, N.J.
Arnoldi, Francois Coetzee, Rourke van der Spuy, Gert
Myburgh, Dwayne Basson
75 - Scott Campbell, Tyrone Ferreira, Stefan
Engell Andersen, Colin Nel, Daniel van Tonder, Callum Mowat, Jacquin
Hess, Lyle Rowe, Ryan Tipping, Greg Bentley
76 - Teagan Moore, Jake Redman, Jean-Paul
Strydom, Herman Loubser, Matthew Spacey, Rhys West, Merrick
Bremner, Luke Jerling, Cody Martin, Altaaf Bux, Stuart
77 - Gerrit Foster, Coert Groenewald, Breyten
Meyer, Thanda Mavundla, MJ Viljoen, Paul Marks, Toto Thimba
78 - Daniel Hammond, Michael Palmer
79 - Jason Viljoen, Sean Bradley
80 - Drikus van der Walt
82 - Ian Geringer, Mark Williams
84 - Dayne Moore
85 - Jaco Mouton